LETTER: Power poles irk resident

Reader Gabrielle Sinclair thinks Nelson Hydro should have talked to residents first.

As a resident and owner of 1412 Trevor St. I am disturbed to learn from my neighbour that Nelson Hydro has dug four holes to accommodate the installation of 50′ power poles and electrical lines at the edge of our street while I am currently away in Vancouver.

There was no notice received by owners and residents that this project was planned, much less being implemented. Suddenly trees were cut down and holes were dug.

This project will have serious negative implications with respect to views, property values and additional, likely unnecessary EMF.

This block of Trevor St. was developed with underground electrical services, which was a significant factor in choosing to purchase a home here.

Why are these unsightly and seemingly unnecessary poles and power lines being imposed on our block?

How is it that this relatively new subdivision is somehow under serviced?

Is there new development planned for the street? If so, doesn’t it make sense to continue with underground services?

If upgrading is required, why not utilize the existing right of way of the existing poles and power lines further down the slope where they do not impose on anyone’s view?

Ease of access is not a good enough justification for destroying views and property values.

It is my sincere hope that this assault on my neighbourhood is halted until a reasonable solution can be reached.

Gabriele Sinclair

Nelson

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